Renowned chefs from the world’s top restaurants have come together to offer exclusive gastronomic experiences in an auction to raise funds for the restaurant sector battered by the coronavirus lockdown.
Plant a tree with Mauro Colagreco, head chef at the Mirazur in Menton, which was named the world’s best restaurant in 2019. Spend a day with Dominique Crenn on her farm near San Francisco and take part in fermentation, beekeeping and oil production. Fish and feast with Florilège in Tokyo, Japan.
These are just some of the lots that will go on sale from July 3 to 12 on the “50 Best Recovery” website here. Full details of what is on sale will be revealed on June 29.
Closer to home, Singapore’s Odette, Burnt Ends and Atlas are on the list too, as part of a “Discover Singapore: Cuisine, Cocktails and Culture” four-day experience. This comprises a meal at the three-Michelin-starred Odette (which is also Asia’s best restaurant), a guided tour of hawker stalls and time with Odette chef Julien Royer, dinner at Burnt Ends, and cocktails at Atlas. Also included is accommodation at Marina Bay Sands and Capella Singapore.
Chefs who have already received “50 Best” awards have accepted to propose lots for the auction, whose proceeds will be used to provide support for the restaurant sector. The British organisation has promised there will be more than 100 lots going under the hammer in the sale, which is one of the main elements in its “50 Best For Recovery” project.
The funds raised will be put to work in a number of different ways. There will be collaborations with different professional organisations in countries as diverse as India, Belgium, the United States and South Africa, and “50 Best” is also planning to offer assistance in the form of $5,000 cash donations to bars and restaurants. Professionals interested in applying can find out more about this programme when full details are revealed in July.
(Main photo: The World’s 50 Best Restaurants; Featured photo: Matteo Carassale/ Mirazur)